Hello everyone. I'm sorry for the long absence this week. I've been trying to read and comment on blogs this past week when I could, but I admit it's been "hit and miss" on the ones I've read. Again, I thank you for your prayers and good thoughts for Karen. We have high hopes that she may come home today. She had a few setbacks over the weekend, one of which was her heart beating too fast, but with medication adjustment that should be fine now.
It really is amazing what medical science can do. When I think of the surgery that took place just one week ago today and how she may come home just 7 days later...well, it's nothing short of a miracle in my opinion.
(UPDATE-No coming home today. More problems. Please keep praying for her.)
As much as I've enjoyed the time with family and old friends, I must admit that I'm missing Hubby so very much. Chloe is so put out with me that when he puts the phone on speaker, she turns and walks away. That's her way of telling us that I've been gone too long. I have my ticket to fly home next Tuesday, the 27.
This was our view from the ICU window for most of the last week. Puffy clouds that look nicer than the storm clouds last Sunday. The tornado that hit just west of Moms house and a small town just west of Omaha had been declared and F3 tornado in size. I must admit that I do NOT miss the storms in Nebraska. There are lots more deciduous trees here than we have in Spokane. I do miss our evergreens and mountains. The high humidity here today is something I'm not used to anymore either.
Before Karen went into the hospital I was able to meet all three of my siblings for dinner one evening at Valentino's Buffett, along with their spouses and several of my nieces and nephews. From left to right, my brother Lynn who is 11 years older than me, Melanie, who is 3 years older and one of my best friends, Me, my oldest brother Roger who is 14 years older than me. Yep, I'm the baby. Roger was gone into the Navy before my earliest memory so I have no recollection of him living with us. Melanie and I used to wash Lynn's car and then he would take us to get ice cream comes at Dairy Queen! :-)
Yes, baldness runs in my family among the men. My oldest son Jamie has lost all his hair at 30 years old and Alex at 25 is noticing a hair loss already. None of them are happy about it but the genetics are pretty strong. All of my nephews have lost their hair too. All of us girls seem fine!
We don't see each other very often, only when I make it back to Omaha, but we enjoy each other's company when we can get together.
Mom and I went to a small town named Ft. Calhoun, just a few miles from Omaha for lunch one day the first week I was here. It's a favorite of all of us and she doesn't make the drive on her own because of her eyesight. These were some of the wall decorations. Can you tell we're in farming country?
Teresa, Taci, Gracie, Aimee and all my Oregon readers, the next picture is for you. I was doing some word searches last night before I fell asleep and when I turned the page, look what I found! Oregon!!!! Multnomah Falls, Mt. Hood and the Coumbia Gorge were some of the words to look for. I was surprised that I had been to so many of the places listed.